Essentials for Natural Wellbeing: Tip #1
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
For starters, hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season, and that you’re as excited as we are about the fresh new year ahead!
I thought it timely to talk a little about a precious resource that is essential to life for all of us on this blue planet: Water. It’s also a timely topic because many of us are likely more deficient in it than usual, post-holiday celebrations!
Given that our body is made up of over 70% water, it makes good sense that we provide it with adequate amounts to function optimally.
So, how much is enough? Well, a good guideline is to take your weight (in pounds) and divide it by 2. This gives you the minimum amount you need each day to maintain your body’s basic metabolic requirements. For example, a 200 lb man needs approximately 100 ounces – the equivalent of about twelve 8 oz glasses – a day, to meet his basic requirements. A woman who weighs 140 lbs would require approximately 70 ounces, or about nine 8 oz glasses, a day.
If you’re exercising or perspiring heavily, increase your water intake accordingly to compensate for that extra loss. Fructose-laden sports & energy drinks are not a recommended source of fluid (nor is soda pop). Try to get your daily water needs met with good ol’ plain water! Try adding a spritz of fresh lemon or lime juice to it for some delicious, natural flavor.
Speaking of plain water… do ensure that it’s good quality plain water, though. Some water sources may be heavily chlorinated, or fluoridated, or contaminated with environmental toxins. There are several very efficient and relatively inexpensive home water-filtration systems available, including counter-top styles, that remove virtually all harmful pollutants from your drinking water.
So, let’s all lift a glass – of clean, clear water! – and toast our health and wellbeing!
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan